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by Joel Rich link Politics isn’t just about ­manipulating people who disagree with you. It’s about learning from them. Lots to think about! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ How would you analyze the amount of “bother” you should go to in Eretz Yisrael to attend a minyan where there are kohanim in order to get birchat hakohanim? Differentiate between the ...

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by Joel Rich When you are learning gemara and you come to a give and take where the hava amina seems strange (e.g. maakot 14a where the gemaras first assumes the rabbanan learn a din from lchaleik yatzah and ask where does r’ Yitzchak learn it from. Gemaras answers from a different pasuk and then asks why don’t the rabbanan ...

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by Joel Rich Question: If a congregant comes to a Rabbi (in his pastoral role) and tells him he feels he is too concerned with a particular mida/mitzvah, what “norm” does the Rabbi seek to replace the level of concern with? (e.g. be more selfish to what degree? Be less concerned with your parent’s needs?, etc.) ~ ~ ~ ~ ...

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by Joel Rich Rabbi Joseph B Soloveitchik Yahrtzeit at YU http://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/857728/rabbi-julius-berman-rabbi-yaakov-glasser/introduction-to-rav-soloveitchik-tribute-program/ Rabbi Julius Berman ,Rabbi Yaakov Glasser -Introduction to Rav Soloveitchik Tribute Program Introduction to R’YBS Yahrtzeit program.  Rabbi Julius Berman shares memories including the time when R’YBS wanted to sue a news rag for libel. http://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/857729/dr-arnold-lustiger/tribute-to-rav-soloveitchik/ Dr. Arnold Lustiger-Tribute to Rav Soloveitchik R’Lustiger discusses R’YBS’s meta drash on mitzvot ...

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by Joel Rich Having been in Eretz Yisrael for Yom Hazikaron for the first time and watching traffic on Derech Chevron (auto and pedestrian) come to a complete stop during the memorial siren sounding, all I can say is the whole is greater than the sum of its parts when it comes to Klal Yisrael. I can now truly understand ...

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by Joel Rich Interesting article to read (I have the PDF) – Joseph Davis – “The Reception of the Shulchan Arukh and the Formation of Ashkenazic Jewish Identity”. Points to correlations between codifications in the “outside world” and Halacha as well as moving from geographic minhag/identity to others subunits (e.g. ethnic). Any good actuary (or even a poor one) can ...

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by Joel Rich There’s an excellent piece by R’Aharon Lichtenstein in the Orthodox Forum Volume “Rabbinic and Lay Communal Authority” titled “Communal Governance, Lay and Rabbinic: An Overview”. (Found on YUTORAH). (Hat tip – Rabbi J. Wieder). I’ve been looking at the whole Zayin Tuvei Hair/local rule question, on which there’s a lot to say but I’ll limit myself to ...

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by Joel Rich A while back I did a shiur which touched on the efficacy of “Keil Maaleh’s”. I found one source which said to give tzedakah before making a keil maaleh rather than pledging to do so. This sounded extremely rational; deliver rather than promise. Anyone know why the standard practice developed to promise tzedakah rather than give it ...

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by Joel Rich From a discussion with R’M Rosensweig: A Dayan who says I don’t know (eini yodea) may fall into two basic categories – he may be one that has disengaged from the discussion or one who argued both sides equally well. In theory this could make a difference in how we understand the rule that we add more ...

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by Joel Rich I was interested in a statement made by R’ Shay Schachter concerning rabbinic ordinances, especially in light of his father’s position that rabbinic ordinances can only be reversed by later court if the reason was given with the original ordinance. I was wondering if anyone had a source for the statement or data that the rabbis generally ...

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